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280                               LIFE   OF
large blue  eyes, which  constantly turn from side to
side.    My  wife nurses  the child herself; I3  in my
total freedom from business., am constantly with  her,
and so the child is scarcely ever in  other hands than
ours.    Only you, my dear friend, whose heart is so
open to these joys, and who know me more intimately,,
can feel with me how delightful these occupations are,
and what a rich profusion of new joys is granted me
in my already enviable position.^    The rest of the
letter treats of a political work., which he had imder-
taken at the request of Dalberg,  and which he sent
to Forster for his opinion and judgment, before giving
it to  the public through the medium of the  press.
This   is   the last letter from  Humboldt  to   Forster
which has reached us, and we may presume that few
more were written.    The French entered Mayence on
the 21st October., and IForster, in his  enthusiasm for
the French revolution and for freedom, was sent to
Paris by his fellow-citizens, who   wished to be incor-
porated   with  France.      While there,  Mayence  was
again  taken  by the   allied  army, and   Forster was
obliged to remain in Paris, a witness of the Reign of
Terror, and died there, of want and grief, in 1794.
His widow married the author Huber.
Hnmboldt and his family left Erfurt in the summer
of 1792, and went to reside on their beautiful estate
of Auleben, on the banks of the golden Aue, where
they remained till ther spring of 1793, continuing
.their studies in retirement and happiness.
The political work, after Schiller had, with some
difficulty, found a publisher willing to take it, was
however not published, as Humboldt wished to modify
and remodel it entirely; it was, indeed, never pub-
lished as an "entire work, probably because Humboldt
never felt the inclination to re-write it.
Before the end of the winter, 1793, Humboldt
again visited Erfurt. The following spring brought
Mm another child—a son? to whom he gave his own
name, and who, during hik short Iife3 was the father's,